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Windmill Island Gardens
Ranked #2 of 54 things to do in Holland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Windmill Island Gardens is home to de Zwaan windmill, the last mill allowed to be transported from the Netherlands. de Zwaan still functions by grinding locally-grown grain into flour that is sold to visitors and local businesses. A highlight of visiting is a tour of this historic working windmill. Visitors can enjoy music from our antique Dutch street organ given to the City of Holland by the City of Amsterdam after World War II. Children can also ride on our antique carousel from the Netherlands. There are several other replica Dutch buildings and shops. The Island is home to beautiful gardens which feature tulips in the spring followed by beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the summer. Please note that the Island is open seasonally, April 15 - October 1, 2017. Last tickets sold at 5 pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Rolling Meadows, Illinois, United States
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

This isn't a big park, but it is cute. Nice flower gardens throughout, there is a small museum and gift shops. The highlight of this park though which I absolutely recommend, is the tour inside a working windmill. Five flights of interesting information about how the windmill is used and the fact that a woman works it. Very informative. Never thought I would have been able to see inside and actual windmill.

Visited September 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Enjoyed learning about the windmill tour and how and when it was brought over. The gardens are beautiful you can see how much time was put into them. Nice little snack shop, carousel and gift shop too.

Visited September 2012
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Frankenmuth, Michigan
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful to see this Dutch Culture!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

They do a wonderful job of showing the early Holland / Dutch Culture! Costumed staff as well as the large working windmill and water channels make you feel like you are really there!

Visited June 2012
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Aurora, Illinois
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3 reviews
“Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

The young women who demonstrated the Dutch dance were very friendly. The tour guide who gave the windmill tour was very knowledgable and the gardens were beautiful. The young man and the ladies in the gift shop were quite hospitable.
The gardens were quite beautiful. My husband and I had a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon visit.

Visited September 2012
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Evanston, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cute Dutch Village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Visited on Labor Day weekend. It is nice little dutch garden that gives you cheap feeling of visiting Holland or Netherland. The windmill that turns grains into flours is nice alongwith the Dutch dance. The little shops for wooden shoes are nice.

Visited September 2012
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